Karting is where most racing drivers start their career, and some think it is the best kind of racing to turn your passion for driving into a professional career. Every Formula 1 driver had to start somewhere, and racing karts at a very young age is how most champions are cultivated. That is why five McLaren drivers, spanning three generations of the F1 paddock, have been brought together in this video to face off in a karting battle royale. The race is held at Fernando Alonso‘s new karting track and museum in Llanera, Spain.
The video brings some of the greatest racers alive today back to their karting roots: Mika Häkkinen, the F1 champion in 1998 and 1999; David Coulthard, runner-up to the 2001 championship; Stoffel Vandoren, McLaren-Honda‘s current reserve driver; and of course, McLaren’s current pros, Jenson Button F1 Champion 2009 and lastly Alonso, F1 Champion in 2005 and 2006.
While they’re at the track to have fun, it quickly starts to get serious. However seeing them battle against each other in one of the purest form of racing is an amazing sight to behold.
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